Graham Conroy Harris

Auckland, New Zealand

Graham Conroy's Skills
Consultancy Services
Software Auditing
Software Audits
Software Asset Management
Project Bidding
Project Appraisal
Law Enforcement Intelligence
Lawful Interception
Marine Research
Marine Conservation
Marine Systems
Marine Biology
Wireless Sensor Networks
Business Strategy
Business Planning
Product Management
Business Development

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

About Graham Conroy

I have started up businesses before; software development, and strategy consulting. Both became successful, after the usual pivot phase. Put another way, I have failed and come through.

I have held influential roles in large enterprises, and started and run smaller businesses. I am used to managing people, accounting, finance, product management and sales. But I'm also OK when there is little or none of that to manage yet.

I have a very big idea to grow seaweed in the open sea, and I have put a lot of time into developing the idea, and working out what is needed to make it viable. I got to pitch it to Vinod Khosla (on the basis it was not yet investable). This idea needs a lot more engineering input, though I am on the way to a foundation patent.

I earned a Masters degree in Bioscience Enterprise (essentially, the commercialisation of biotechnology) which was a great grounding in early-stage high-risk businesss.
I have been involved with several startup groups: StartupWeekend Auckland, the Auckland University Spark (now Velocity) competition, Icehouse events, Tangleball, Climathon, programming groups and now Fishackathon.

I am committed to continue developing that business but would be interested in working with the right co-founder on other ideas too.


The opinion you most need to listen to is the one you disagree with - Noam Chomsky

Work Experience

Investment Manager

Spark NZ

February 2011 - September 2017

A bridge-builder between the technical people and capital finance. I helped the technical teams prioritise what needed done, and then built business cases to unlock the funding.

Project Management Team Leader

Carter Holt Harvey

April 2004 - September 2009

Oxygen recruited me offshore to run IT projects in their internal and external customers and rapidly promoted me to lead that function. When Oxygen was floated, CHH retained me and I ran large projects myself and oversaw many other projects and programmes being run by colleagues and suppliers.

Senior Consultant


April 2001 - April 2004

I delivered strategy, business change, procurement and technical infrastructure engagements to large businesses and government bodies.



April 1998 - April 2001

I delivered strategy and technical assignments for Equinus customers, primarily in the Travel and Transportation businesses.

Founder and Products Director

SoftKlone UK

December 1987 - March 1998

I founded the company as a sales outlet principally for one US software company, and built it into a software development and marketing company. We were consistently profitable from the first year until I left.


University of Auckland

Masters of Bioscience Enterprise

2009 - 2010

University of Reading

BSc Honours Microbiology with Physiology and Biochemistry

1978 - 1981



Project Management Institute

Chartered IT Professional

British Computer Society